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Old 11-14-2004, 05:47 AM   #1
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xf86config problem


I have just installed Arch Linux.
"startx" keeps crahing.

I searched around and found xf86config.
I entered all my computers information, and got errors.
I think I got video right. I am now having problems with the mouse.
I picked every available mouse and none worked. error message:

(EE) Mouse1: cannot open device /dev/mouse
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "Mouse1"
no core pointer.

I am giving up it's been to many hours trying to figure this out.

My linux knowledge is limited.

But, I want to try more distros like Slack and Gentoo vs. Suse that I have used in the past.

My computer I installed Arch on is:
HP Pavilion n3390.
P3
6GB Fujitsu HD
128MB ram
# Video-Silicon Magic Lynx3DM4:
# Sound-ESS Maestro 3i:
# Trackpad:

Is there an auto config in Arch to set up X?
What am I missing?


Its 5:45 am here gotta go to sleep.


 
Old 11-14-2004, 07:43 AM   #2
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/dev/mouse is usually a symbolic link pointing at whatever is the actual input node your mouse uses. For me, that's /dev/psaux so that's what I put in /etc/X11/XF86Config, I don't bother with the /dev/mouse symbolic link at all.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 11:23 AM   #3
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hmm

Never used arch but you could always give /dev/psaux a try.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 01:45 PM   #4
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I will give it a try.

I got a little sleep so now I can think a little better.

I also figured I would try out Knoppix.
It looks great and everything works.

I went to the XF86Config in "etc/X11/" and opened it via vi.

Is there any way I can just copy over the conf file to my hda?
Or is disc0? I don't know.

Please remember I am a

I am learning alot more since trying slackware and arch.
It's nice to see how linux works. I like using bash and vi just never needed to before.

My goal is to get X up and running to get flux up and running.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 03:37 PM   #5
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Try the link down here ;

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\/ system recovery with knoppix

Last edited by comprookie2000; 11-14-2004 at 03:38 PM.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 06:12 PM   #6
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in debian

try xf86config (all lowercase), if knoppix doesnt work out.

Last edited by Nute; 11-14-2004 at 06:13 PM.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 10:23 PM   #7
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Re: in debian

Quote:
Originally posted by Nute
try xf86config (all lowercase), if knoppix doesnt work out.
I did xf86config. I couldn't get a mouse to work I tried all 21. I think there were 21. I did xf86config so many times I had the answers to the ? before the screen was up. Finally got monitor info right then it couldn't find /dev/mouse. Anyway, I am a noob and this is good practice. I got into Knoppix before comprookie's post and found the XF86Config file for Knoppix. I just got to get a copy to my hda.

Comprookie I am going to read you tut now.

Thanks for the info..

No more xf86config my eyes still hurt.
 
Old 11-15-2004, 11:00 AM   #8
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Crashed it . Now at maintenance prompt. Time to reinstall.
 
Old 11-15-2004, 11:47 AM   #9
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did you ever try "XFree86 -configure" as root? Generally the newer releases of XFree86 (4.x and up) do a pretty stellar job at configuring themselves.. so you could try that.. and then to test it.. (because it writes the file to /root/XF86Config.new) you could try "XFree86 -xf86config /root/XF86Config.new" and that would just launch X... but as long as you got the background with the "x" icon.. you would be okay...

And if so... then simply "cp /root/XF86Config.new /etc/X11/XF86Config" (if that's the directory under arch, I assume so...

just a thought...
 
Old 12-29-2004, 10:39 PM   #10
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Hal014 thanks for the info. I have never tried the "XFree86 -configure". I thought xfree had to be manually done.
Great info. I am sorry I am a couple months late on this. I just got a chance to check all my threads and make sure I finalized them.

Thanks,
Blair

I will try it when I reinstall Arch.
 
Old 12-31-2004, 11:19 AM   #11
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Cool, glad to be of some help. Good Luck!
 
Old 01-01-2005, 07:03 AM   #12
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Yes, you can copy a Knoppix conf file to your hard disk installation. XFree86 and Xorg use the same syntax, so it doesn't matter which one either distro uses.
 
Old 01-02-2005, 01:31 AM   #13
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I tried to use knoppix to copy my settings on knoppix to arch. but it wouldn't let me copy(overwrite.) xfree.
Knoppix has nailed the settings for every peice of hardware I have.

I am still too green for arch. I'll keep learning with slack for awhile.
Thanks for the suggestion.

Regards,
Blair
 
Old 01-04-2005, 08:03 PM   #14
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Were you root when you tried this?
 
Old 01-06-2005, 09:31 PM   #15
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I was root.
(I didn't figure out until after Arch to only use root for admin.)
 
  


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